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Death toll rises in Afghanistan as Taliban step up attacks

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Death toll rises in Afghanistan as Taliban step up attacks


More signs in Afghanistan that the security situation is far from stable with a suicide bomb attack in Kabul on a bus carrying soldiers. Six were killed and eleven were wounded.

The Taliban claimed responsibility, and is stepping up operations with the withdrawal of international forces from the country now just two weeks away.

Also in Kabul gunmen shot dead the head of the Supreme Court secretariat as he left his house.

Elsewhere in the south in Helmand 12 mine disposal workers were shot dead by men who turned up on motorbikes as the team was trying to clear land near the former British base of Camp Bastion. The attackers were able to escape afterwards.

But the Taliban is also being hit hard, with the Afghan army claiming it has killed 50 insurgents in the last 48 hours.

A roadside bomb near Bagram airbase also claimed two lives after a convoy of foreign soldiers was attacked.

Afghan security services have lost more men this year than at any time since 2001, when the conflict began.

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